Rocks n Rituals’ first Natural Healing Retreat took place from 27-29 April 2018 in the glorious setting of the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Originally planned for Tir Na Moe in County Donegal, a last minute venue change threatened to throw our plans into jeopardy. Thankfully, my co-host Ashley Wood and his partner James, came to the rescue! They sourced a wonderful replacement venue – Ballyvoy Camping Barn, just outside Ballycastle.
A couple of our attendees unfortunately pulled out – perhaps the word “camping” in the name of the venue put them off or perhaps it just simply wasn’t meant to be for them at this time. Nonetheless with the new venue we were able to open the retreat up to a few more people and we ended up with a lovely bunch of people coming together for healing and laughter.
The venue was lovely! The two shared guest bedrooms contained 6 bunk beds, which were very comfortable and clean, along with an en-suite bathroom. We had full use of the entire property, indoor and outdoor. The kitchen and dining area opened up into a lovely lounge area where we ran our circles and workshops.
Outside there were picnic tables and seating as well as a beautiful garden area, surrounding farmland and just across the road was a wonderful little bar restaurant for anyone who wanted a nightcap.
As facilitators, we arrived early on the Friday afternoon and prepared the space for use as healing venue. Ashley and I used Reiki and Shamanic techniques to energetically cleanse the property, making it ready for the guests and our spiritual healing teams to join us.
On Friday evening we gathered together in circle and welcomed everyone to the venue. Guests had arrived from 5pm and we ate together before conducting our first circle. We invited in Great Spirit, the four directions and archangels who guard the directions, elemental energies, angels and spirit guides to work with us throughout the entire weekend. We channeled healing energy together, raised energy with drumming and we then worked together to set our intentions for the weekend and learned a little about Beltane.
It was breakfast time on Saturday morning before we knew it. My partner Kerrie cooked up a storm in the kitchen and we all ate our fill before settling down to our first morning workshop. We learned about elemental energies and used meditation to connect with the elements of earth, air, fire and water as well as meeting one of our healing guides. It was a beautifully healing experience and we then took a break for some lunch.
Lunch was a homemade soup and crusty bread. Some attendees chose to go out instead so missed out on the lovely soup but that is the beauty of a relaxed retreat weekend – everyone can do what suits them and there was plenty of time in the schedule for free time.
After lunch we made the most of the glorious sunshine and Ashley took everyone outside to work with healing energy, crystals and oracle cards. It was a lovely afternoon and the weather was amazing! Lots of sun-blushed skin later that evening!
After dinner everyone had the chance to try out one or two treatments. There were some wonderful healing moments in the therapy sessions and everyone was able to enjoy some time out.
After a good night’s sleep we all had some breakfast, gathered together to ground and close off our weekend’s healing energy and then we checked out at 11am. My partner and I then went to the nearby Breen Forest Park for a walk amongst the 2000 year old oak trees and to leave a gift for the fairies. Next year perhaps we will take one of the group sessions to the fairy ring – who knows?!
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